Helsinki Olympic Stadium

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Helsingin olympiastadion
Helsingfors Olympiastadion
Stadion
Suomi-Portugali lämmittely.jpg
Location Helsinki, Finland
Coordinates 60°11′13″N 024°55′38″E / 60.18694°N 24.92722°E / 60.18694; 24.92722Coordinates: 60°11′13″N 024°55′38″E / 60.18694°N 24.92722°E / 60.18694; 24.92722
Broke ground 1934
Opened 1938
Renovated 2005
Owner Stadion-säätiö
Surface Grass
Architect Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti
Capacity 42,062
Tenants

Finland national football team
1952 Summer Olympics
1983 World Championships in Athletics
2005 World Championships in Athletics

UEFA Women's Euro 2009 (4 Group matches and a Final )
The tower of the Olympic Stadium

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Finnish: Helsingin Olympiastadion; Swedish: Helsingfors Olympiastadion), located in the Töölö district about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the center of the Finnish capital Helsinki, is the largest stadium in the country, nowadays mainly used for hosting sports events and big concerts. The stadium is best known for being the center of activities in the 1952 Summer Olympics. During those games, it hosted athletics, equestrian show jumping, and the football finals.

The stadium was also the venue for the first World Athletics Championships in 1983 as well as for the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. It hosted the European Athletics Championships in 1971, 1994 and 2012.

It is also the home stadium of the Finland national football team.

History[edit]

The Olympic Stadium was designed in functionalistic style by the architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti. Construction of the Olympic Stadium began in 1934 and it was completed in 1938, with the intent to host the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were moved from Tokyo to Helsinki before being cancelled due to World War II. It hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics over a decade later instead.

The stadium was completely modernized in 1990–1994 and also renovated just before the 2005 World Championships in Athletics.

In 2006 an American TV series, The Amazing Race 10, had one of its episodes ending at The Olympic Stadium Tower. As a task, teams had to do a face-first rappel (known as the Angel Dive) down the Helsinki Olympic Tower.

Since March 2007, a Eurasian Eagle-Owl has been spotted living in and around the stadium. On June 6, 2007, during a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the owl delayed play by ten minutes after perching on a goalpost. The owl was later christened Bubi and was named as Helsinki's Resident of the Year.

The 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Olympic Games hosted in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium was the main motif for a one of the first Finnish euro silver commemorative coins, the 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Olympic Games commemorative coin, minted in 2002. On the reverse, a view of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium can be seen. On the right, the 500 markka commemorative coin minted in 1952 celebrating the occasion is depicted.

Features[edit]

The stadium's spectator capacity was at its maximum during the 1952 Summer Olympics with over 70,000 spectator places. Nowadays the stadium has 40,600 spectator places. During concerts, depending on the size of the stage, the capacity is 45,000–50,000.

The tower of the stadium, a distinct landmark with a height of 72.71 metres (238.5 ft), taken from gold-medal winning result of Matti Järvinen in javelin throw of 1932 Summer Olympics, is open for visitors and offers impressive views over Helsinki. It is possible to see into the adjacent Sonera Stadium.

A Youth Hostel is located within the Stadium complex.

Events[edit]

Sport events[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his HIStory World Tour two times; 24 and 26 August 1997.

U2 performed two nights at the stadium during their U2 360° Tour on 20 and 21 August 2010.

Madonna performed at the stadium during her MDNA Tour on 12 August 2012.

Muse performed at the stadium during their The 2nd Law World Tour on 27 July 2013.

Bruce Springsteen has performed at the stadium four times; 16 and 17 June in 2003 during his The Rising Tour, 11 July 2008 during his Magic Tour and 31 July 2012 during his Wrecking Ball Tour.

Bon Jovi have played the stadium as part of their These Days Tour in 1996, Lost Highway Tour in 2008, and in 2010 during The Circle Tour.

Iron Maiden has performed at the stadium three times; 18 July in 2008 during Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, 8 July 2011 during The Final Frontier World Tour and 20 July 2013 during Maiden England World Tour.

References[edit]

Media related to Helsingin olympiastadion at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Empire Stadium
London
Summer Olympics
Main Venue (Helsingin olympiastadion)

1952
Succeeded by
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne
Preceded by
Empire Stadium
London
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

1952
Succeeded by
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne
Preceded by
Empire Stadium
London
Summer Olympics
Football Men's Finals (Helsingin olympiastadion)

1952
Succeeded by
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne
Preceded by
Ewood Park
Blackburn
UEFA Women's Euro
Final Venue

2009
Succeeded by
Friends Arena
Solna